“Psychology of (religious) belief. If you’re non-religious, this series of videos will help you understand why everyone around you is religious. This series of videos from 2009 cover mechanisms in the brain involved in belief formation and biases. #’s 1-10 have 1 mechanism/bias in each video and are about 5-10 min long. They cover conformity, insufficient justification, confirmation bias, misinformation effect (leading questions, etc), compliance techniques, hallucinations, projection, need for closure, and agenticity. Video #11 is an hour-long talk by Andy Thomson, where he presents even more cognitive biases involved in the formation of religious belief, such as decoupled cognition (5 month olds start to think of disembodied minds, most 4-year-olds have imaginary friends, etc), the attachment system, theory of mind, transference of relationships, childhood credulity, deference to authority, reciprocal altruism, romantic love (falling in love with Jesus), moral feelings, empathy, honest signals of commitment, motivated reasoning, familiarity and kin selection. “It’s cognitively harder to reach disbelief.” Video #12 is a TED talk by Michael Shermer, where he talks about Skinner’s pigeons and false pattern recognition.”
A wondering wandering mind trapped on a planet with too many thoughtless beings. Most days I don't mind. Some days it bugs me. Other days it drives me mad.
For fun I spend time following thought trails like this:
And trying to untangle all my thoughts about things like this:
I’m insatiably curious about human nature.
I am a self-contained think-tank looking for other self-contained think-tanks.
I also participate in a flash mob, play tennis, do animal rescue and collect pretty rocks found in high up places to which I hike.
How about you?